October 2012 – and beyond
But this isn’t the end! Great stories do not stand alone. They are complete when they stand beside and are intertwined with others’ stories. You have a story, and a unique place in God’s story. Perhaps this book has become your own inciting incident or maybe it has simply inspired you to express a story you have never told. We would love to hear it. Let’s continue this project. Whether through written word, artwork, or song… Join these authors and share your story with the world.
One year from its conception—the inciting incident for this project—the book is complete. Inciting Incidents is released at STORY 2012. In itself, it is a piece of art. Meant to be looked at, enjoyed, and savored. We hope that Inciting Incidents will inspire, challenge, and provoke you to consider your own story, your own ups and downs, and how they are all a part of God’s great Story.
Although the content that was submitted excelled in artistic beauty, the project was approaching deadline and many details fought to stray. Artwork needed to be curated and final edits demanded attention. The “10-month turnaround” release date of September 1st was approaching fast!
As the stories and the writing began to pour in, and the artists’ creativity and passion for story was finally put on paper, it became clear how significant this project really was. Stories were coming in about depression, brokenness, the pressure of performance, and the panic that every artist faces at some point in his creative process. The stories were awesome. What was at first a daunting task clearly became a work of God. The project surged forward and the result was more beautiful than anyone had imagined it would be.
We began pulling six creatives together into one cohesive project. Jeff Goins, David Hickman, Blaine Hogan, Tracee Persiko, Mandy Thompson, and David Wenzel all jumped on board to share their own Inciting Incidents. This project would be made or broken on these stories… and each of these contributors worked hard and quickly to meet some pretty tough deadlines.
The book began to take shape as the idea of Inciting Incidents came to be. What are those moments, those pivotal stretches of our lives, that often make the most difference in our spiritual, vocational, relational, and creative worlds? The project now had a scope—all we needed were some stories to tell! We even got some amazing cover art from Zach McNair.
The project leapt from dream to reality as Sarah Cunningham, STORY's Director of Strategic Partnerships, was brought on board. Excited to be a part of this unique collaboration, she quickly began to put the pieces of this complicated puzzle together by curating the stories and working to gather the participants. Stephanie Smith, an expert in word-smithing, storytelling, and memoir agreed to join the team as our Developmental Editor on the project.
While attending STORY 2011 in Chicago, the members of the Moody Publishers’ Millennial Generation Publishing Team were moved by what they experienced. They came away wanting to champion stories and storytellers by capturing the experience in the form of a written story project. The dream was to pull together a collaboration of many artists who embody the creative struggle in the midst of a broken world. This would be a project of storytellers coming together to share their stories and draw inspiration from each other’s stories.